20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Himare, Albania
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
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Tirana, Albania

Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Do some cultural sightseeing at BunkArt 2 and Kruja Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ethnographic Museum of Kruja and Durres Castle. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at House of Leaves, examine the collection at Bektashi World Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Et`hem Bey Mosque, and indulge your taste buds at Active Albania.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tirana trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Tirana can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

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Berat, Albania

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): make a trip to Quarter Of Gorica, see the interesting displays at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Berat online visit planner.

You can drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:

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Gjirokaster, Albania

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
On the 25th (Sun), learn about all things military at Gjirokaster, steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gjirokaster holiday planning app.

You can drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Berat in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 59°F in Gjirokaster. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Himare.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
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Himare, Albania

Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see what you can catch with Himara Seas The Day and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gjipe Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Himare tour planner.

Drive from Gjirokaster to Himare in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Himare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
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Shkoder, Albania

Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then get engrossed in the history at Site of Witness and Memory, then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shkodra Lake, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Shkoder online visit planner.

You can drive from Himare to Shkoder in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Himare in October, Shkoder is a bit cooler at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Nis.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

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Nis, Serbia

Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Stambolija House, pause for some photo ops at King Aleksandar Monument, indulge in some personalized pampering at Massage center ZEN, contemplate the long history of Nis Fortress, then contemplate the long history of Christogram Monument, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nis travel route builder website.

You can drive from Shkoder to Nis in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Shkoder in October, expect Nis to be a bit cooler, temps between 65°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Spas
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Novi Sad, Serbia

Serbian Athens

The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
Bring the kids along to The Name of Mary Church and Svetozar Miletic Square. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Krusedol Monastery and The Synagogue. Step out of Novi Sad with an excursion to Sinagoga in Subotica--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, deepen your knowledge of military history at Petrovaradin Fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saborna crkva-Orthodox Church, and contemplate the long history of Fruska Gora Monasteries.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Novi Sad tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Nis to Novi Sad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 2:

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Belgrade, Serbia

The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oplenac and Ethnographic Museum. Attractions like Museum of Illusions and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Belgrade with an excursion to Izvor Aqua Park in Arandjelovac--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kalemegdan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crkva Svetog Marka, see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, and get curious at Nikola Tesla Museum.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Belgrade trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Novi Sad to Belgrade by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in November, and nighttime lows around 39°F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 8:

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.